Two left-wing front-benchers in talks with unions and Labour officials
As would-be candidates from the right of the party increase in number ahead of next week’s formal launch of the campaign to choose Labour’s new leader, left-wing front-benchers Rebecca Long-Bailey and Ian Lavery look set to face off to decide who will stand for the majority left of the party.
The SKWAWKBOX understands that both candidates are in talks with Labour-affiliated unions and party officials.
With the National Executive Committee to meet next week to finalise a schedule for the contest, it looks likely that the influential Socialist Campaign Group of MPs will choose its preferred candidate when it meets next Wednesday, with an announcement as soon as the following day.
Although it’s possible that enough nominations could be found to get both candidates into the contest, now is the time for Labour members with a strong preference for one candidate or the other to make a noise.
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